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Political Pogrom

Extorts Billion


Leon H. Etra

Forum for Cognitive Connections


ISBN: 978-1-905451-85-2


Price:  € 42.50





About the Book


On the 12th December 2003, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, wrote as follows: “In the report which follows, the commission endeavours to explain to the witnesses and the public, in a fair and balanced manner, why, three and a half years after it was established on a statutory basis, it has not yet not got answers for them or for the public to the questions which the Oireachtas posed in the Commission to inquire into Child Abuse 2000.”


“I wish my successor, Mr Justice Sean Ryan, success, which has eluded me in finding the answers and in publishing them in the future.”


Getting “answers” and “success” for political questions is hardly an appropriate function of the independent judiciary.

Is the commission seeking a particular “answer” and a specific “success” postulated in the political question?


They have eluded Mr Justice Ryan for another six years.


This book answers the questions Ms Justice Mary Laffoy could not answer.


Bertie relied on the vast literature on international best practice

Judge Laffoy found it to be “sparse.”


These twenty debates provide the political, historical, ideological, sociological, economic, and educational contexts in which c.2000 presented to the Investigation Committee, c.1000 presented to the Confidential Committee and, considering the largesse at stake, the 14,549 who naturally enough went for money at the Residential Institutions Redress Board.


It examines how the political, ideological and media frenzy and national hysteria impacted on and permeated every aspect on the prosecution service, with the political fomenting and incentivisation of allegations, police trawling, “coaching” of allegations, transformations of narratives and even generating false and illegally obtained evidence..


It deals sympathetically with the plight of aging citizens, who as children were neglected, abused, rejected and abandoned by their families and by society, and whose greatest psychic need today is to be in a position to retrospectively idealise a mother and valorise a father.


It deals with the government inventivisation to allege, retention of struck- off companies to provide expert evidence and the competencies of state “experts”,


It itemises the avarice, vested interests, sectarian predispositions and untested assertions in the legal and judicial theatres.


It evaluates the “unregulated pseudo-sciences of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and sociology of the era”.


And it analyses the history of education for a century.

It explains the incontrovertible dynamics, the empiric pedagogical and educational realities of an industrial school.


Therapists, counsellors, psychologists, pundits, social workers, all unregulated, but afforded status of experts by the higher courts


Professor Anthony Clare declared psychoanalysis to be: “The most stupendous confidence trick of the century,”


It questions how current judicial thinking has been metamorphosed and conditioned by metaphysical, ethereal and mystical assertions from cultures, ideologies and societies where the most horrific historical abuses were inflicted on children by parens patriae.


There has been one conviction of an ancillary member of staff out of 17,549 allegations.


That conviction could have been dealt with in the district court.


One conviction out of 17,549 complaints?


Not good value for Two Billion.




About the Author


This book is a collaborative production of twenty debates by persons with statutorily recognised professional competencies.


These debates took place over a period of years and were moderated by the Forum for Cognitive Research, Iubhar Cinn Trá, Co an Dúin.


The general editor is: Leon H. Etra


Each debate is mediated by the overwhelming necessity for objectivity, knowledge and experience in all areas of political, economic, social and educational history.


The copyright to the book has been acquired by Taighde Eagnúil Teo., Ionad Fiontair, Teach Mespil, Sussex Road, Dublin 4 




Political Pogrom Extorts Billion


This book contains twenty debates on how Bertie’s governments established tribunals to divert political and media flak.


We know that Bertie and his ministers came to hate political tribunals when they themselves became snared in their web. They denounced them when they refused to serve  their political purposes.


They are all costly.


The costliest is the Commission to inquire into alleged Child Abuse in Historic Industrial Schools

It will cost two billion Euro. €1.3 billion has already been spent.


What was the political imperative?


“It appears to have been the cumulative effect of the revelations which led the Taoiseach to his statement of the 11th May 1999 to acknowledge that many of our children were denied love care and security.” Sean Ryan SC of the Commission, now Mr Justice Sean Ryan, Chairperson of the Commission.


Bertie’s revelations are explored in context.


How will the revelations be measured?


Judge Ryan again assures us:


“The full nature and extent of institutional child abuse will only become known when criminal proceedings and claims for damages have been determined by the courts and the … the Commission has presented the findings of the investigative committee.”


There has been only one conviction of an ancillary staff member out of a possible 17,549 allegations, complaints and claims.


The public were led to expect thousands of convictions.


So the cumulative effect of mystic revelations and his political dilemmas cost us two billion!